Of Beaufort, SC, passed away January 31, 2018, in the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa FL, following a courageous four-year battle with cancer. She was 47. Lisa was the daughter of Kyle Tomer (Mark Smith) of Mt. Lebanon, and Herm Tomer of Ft. Myers, FL. Lisa is survived by her devoted husband of 28 years, William Irby Rentz; her parents; her brother, Neil of Ft. Myers, sister, Sara (Bill) Drummond of Boone, NC; nephew, Zachary Tomer of Ft. Myers; nieces, Devin and Katy Drummond; grandfather, Elwood Kimmell; brothers-in-law, David and Rupert Rentz of Columbia, SC; sisters-in-law, Alice Rentz of Austin, TX, and Susan Sparrow (Ronnie) of McDonough, GA; nephews, Danny and Nick Sparrow; many loving aunts and uncles, relatives and friends. Lisa was a graduate of Mt. Lebanon HS and the University of South Carolina. She was an accomplished linguist. As a writer, artist and fund raiser, Lisa gained notoriety through numerous awards and recognitions. Lisa gave generously of her time to the arts and art education especially for the Beaufort County School District. She was creator of the short story competition for Charleston, SC, Piccolo Spoleto Festival. She also donated her time fund raising for Planned Parenthood. Her articles and editorials were published in Slate Magazine, the Oxford American, the Beaufort Gazette, literary journals in Europe, Australia, and on the stages in London and Garfield in Pittsburgh. Her favorite palette was her yard, the live oaks became surrounded by carefully selected greens and blooms. Usually two or more rescue dogs were her companions. The family will honor Lisa's request to hold a private service at one of her most inspirational settings near the beach. In keeping with her dedication to others, Lisa donated her body and extensive personal documentation of her condition to medical research. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, 269 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401.
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PostedFebruary 24, 2018